Franks: McHenry County property tax rebate program a ‘grand slam’ for taxpayers

WOODSTOCK – More than 52,000 McHenry County homeowners applied to receive a property tax rebate from the Valley Hi Nursing Home fund surplus, county officials said Thursday. The county-run facility’s abundant reserves of nearly $40 million have been heavily debated for years. This spring, county board members authorized allocating $15 million toward a rebate program, [Read More]

McHenry County Board authorizes $15 million property tax rebate

McHenry County homeowners can apply to recoup just under 30 percent of last year’s county government property tax bill. The county board Tuesday voted 18-6 authorizing a $15 million property tax rebate from Valley Hi Nursing Home’s abundant reserves — an issue several board members have talked about for years. The county-run nursing home has [Read More]

Springfield is Broken

Jack Franks Trying to Take Lawmakers Out of District Mapping Process

Mike Riopell on April 18th, 2016: The proposal from state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, is asking lawmakers to take themselves out of the process that draws the borders of the districts from which they’re elected. Instead of lawmakers and a governor redrawing the map after every census, the Illinois Supreme Court would appoint [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks’ Bill Banning New Layers of Government Passes

Mike Riopell on December 27th, 2015: Read their lips: No new government. Lawmakers voted to ban themselves from creating new local governments for the next four years, a nod to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to consolidate. The legislation from Connelly and Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wouldn’t apply to creating a new government [Read More]